Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Overture From Mozart's Don Giovanni



James Levine conducts the Overture from Mozart's "Don Giovanni" (Il dissoluto punito, ossia il Don Giovanni) an opera in two acts; the Italian libretto is by Lorenzo Da Ponte. The opera premièred at the Teatro di Praga (now called the Estates Theatre) in Prague, Czech Republic, on October 29, 1787. The story of Don Giovanni, an unrepentant and arrogant nobleman, has lead to the writing of many philosophical and religious essays including notable ones by Flaubert, Shaw and Kierkegaard.

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1 comment:

  1. A beautiful overture, but it apparently was never meant to be done as a concert piece, since it doesn't end but flows into the first aria.

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